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2010 WJA

But first, some firsts

Whether you’re with us now in-person at the Women’s Justice Awards or sharing the moment through the time- and place-shifting magic of print, welcome. In this, our 12th year of the event, we’re introducing several firsts. First is our expanding ...

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Portia Kayser

Portia Kayser’s law professors are trying desperately to bring her back to Earth. Just because Kayser deftly argued and won her first two cases before the Missouri Court of Appeals doesn’t mean she will win every case upon her graduation ...

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Sheena R. Hamilton

Ambitious law students are likely to drool over Sheena R. Hamilton’s résumé. Some highlights: She won Saint Louis University’s moot court competition and then acted as the regional director for the national Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition; she has a ...

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Deborah C. Weaver

When Deborah C. Weaver considers why she goes to work each day, she only has to think of business partner Kelly Willis. “What inspires me and gets me up every morning is what Kelly and I wanted to accomplish together,” ...

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Crista Hogan

Before Crista Hogan started as executive director of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, she wondered why any attorney would pay to belong to a voluntary association. In the past eight-plus years, she has worked to add resources and programs that ...

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Rashda M. Buttar

Down, down, down she went. For 500 feet, Rashda M. Buttar descended slowly into the coal mine. The constant 55 degree temperature warmed her face, chilled earlier from the winter winds above ground in West Virginia. She flicked on her ...

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Morey Mechlin

Morey Mechlin never had much interest in the law. But she was born and raised with a finely tuned moral compass. And when she heard from attorneys in Springfield about the campaign to adopt the Non-partisan Court Plan for Greene ...

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Joan Lipkin

In Joan Lipkin’s version of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” towheaded Becky Thatcher is reborn as a strident and sassy heroine who declares her life’s dream from a wheelchair: “I want to grow up to be a rich, successful lawyer!” ...

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Colleen Coble

The walls of Colleen Coble’s modest office in Jefferson City are covered with signed and framed legislation that she advocated in her more than 20-year career as chief executive officer of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Among ...

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Ronda F. Williams

Ronda F. Williams became a lawyer because she didn’t want her boss’s job. Williams, who majored in marketing at Hampton University in Virginia, spent five years working in the mortgage and insurance industries before enrolling at Saint Louis University School ...

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Terry J. Satterlee

Terry J. Satterlee is a quiet sort of rebel. In her own way, she likes to break down barriers – for her clients at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City and for herself. In the early 1970s, Satterlee applied ...

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